Huge web of tunnels covering area of 75 acres reinforces claims Nazis were working on developing WMDs
A vast, secret underground Nazi weapons factory that may have been used to test nuclear weapons and other WMDs has been unearthed in Austria, media reports revealed on Sunday.
The huge web of tunnels takes up an area of 75 acres and was discovered by a team of researchers near the northern town of St. Georgen an der Gusen, home to the infamous Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp.
Documentary filmmaker Andreas Sulzer, who is leading the excavations, told reporters the site is “most likely the biggest secret weapons production facility of the Third Reich.”
Sulzer initiated the search for the nuclear testing complex after reading references to the site in the journal of an Austrian physicist who had worked under the Nazis.
Researchers noticed high levels of radiation in the area, according to a report in London’s Sunday Times, which lends credence to claims that the Nazis were developing nuclear arms. Helmets belonging to SS troops as well as other Nazi-related items were also discovered in the area.
“The facility, like the Bergkristall factory, relied on slave labor from the nearby Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp,” the Sunday Times said. “Up to 320,000 inmates are said to have died because of the brutal conditions in the subterranean labyrinth.”
“Prisoners from concentration camps across Europe were handpicked for their special skills — physicists, chemists or other experts — to work on this monstrous project,” Sulzer told the newspaper, “and we owe it to the victims to finally open the site and reveal the truth.”
The Nazis attempted to hide the site deep under the earth and several layers of granite.
Historians and scholars working on the project are also looking to discover if SS General Hans Kammler, who managed the facility and reported to SS chief Heinrich Himmler, was brought to the US after the war in order to work on America’s weapons program